10th May 2021
An Interview with Woodingdean's Longest-Serving Estate Agent
Woodingdean is often called 'Brighton's best kept secret' and that's partly why it's so popular with home buyers. Who better than to tell you all you need to know about the area than its longest-serving estate agent, Sharon Wareham?
"I have lived in Brighton all of my life, I can’t imagine living anywhere else," Sharon begins.
"As a child I loved the beach and the pier, as a teenager I loved the nightlife. Now I love walking on the Downs and still the beach but these days it's walking along the seafront of a summers evening with my other half!"
"I started out in Estate Agency in admin and was asked one day to help out with viewings", Sharon explains. "I was hooked and I still love finding the ideal home for a buyer and seeing their faces when they ‘fall in love’ with a property."
The Woodingdean effect
"I love the community atmosphere and the views are outstanding. Before I moved to the area I loved my journey to work every day, driving up Bear Road and seeing the Downs and sea," says Sharon.
"We found a house in Woodingdean with the most amazing views to the sea and we both just fell in love with it. The night skies are amazing as we have very little light pollution here and within a few minutes' walk you are on the Downs."
So the area has pretty much everything that has fuelled the recent 'rural rush' effect that has been in the headlines so much?
"Yes, it was ideal when I had my dog and during lockdown you felt like you were in your own little safe bubble in Woodingdean!" Sharon exclaims.
Although it is a part of Brighton, Woodingdean has its own unique attractions and features.
"Cleaner air, the views, and sunsets are better here than anywhere I have lived," Sharon enthuses.
"Night skies are so clear. There is a real village feel to Woodingdean."
From an estate agent viewpoint there are also some other valuable insights: "Prices are a little lower so it's more affordable and the gardens are bigger, which is great for growing veg."
Along with bigger gardens and affordability, Sharon mentions that unlike most of the rest of Brighton there are no expensive parking restrictions, the views are stunning and it's closer to the South Downs making it ideal for exercising and dog walking.
What type of properties are there?
"There aren’t a lot of flats in Woodingdean," Sharon answers, "so it's usually houses and bungalows that we market."
"As we go into summer the local market is very busy!" she says. "There are not a lot of properties coming to the market and when they do they are proving very popular and we are selling them really quickly."
A fast sale isn't the only thing making it an ideal time to sell - "Most of our properties are achieving the full asking price and in some cases multiple offers are forcing the price to go higher," Sharon points out.
Maslen and Woodingdean
When a seller chooses Maslen to sell their property they aren't just getting the services of Woodingdean's longest-serving agent.
"Being independent we can be flexible and tailor the seller's exact requirements to make everything as smooth as possible," Sharon explains.
"We have a great team here with myself, Josh and Erin, and Nancy helps out as a viewing guide. We all put 100% into our jobs. We are a dedicated team and as communication is key we make sure we return all calls, and if we say we will call you back we do!"
With so much experience in selling properties in Woodingdean, Sharon knows that it's not all just about numbers and prices.
"We have a lot of fun and love working for David Maslen and working with each other," she says. "From a sellers point of view it shouldn’t be all about the commission, it's about knowing that you can trust and work with your agent. As the process can be six months or more long from start to completion, you should feel comfortable with your agent and feel you can talk to them and ask advice."
So what does the future hold for Woodingdean?
"I hope the village atmosphere continues and prices stay high and more people realise what a lovely place this is to live in," Sharon answers.
"We have good schools and a good variety of shops and it doesn’t take long to get into Brighton or down to Rottingdean for the beach. I hope more people get to know just how much Woodingdean has to offer."
Excellent service from the Lewes Road branch. Martin Timms secured a quick sale & at a good price & Paula Carter worked really hard to secure...
Ms Schulte Bear Road
Graham Griffin provided us, and continues to provide us, will all-round excellent advice. We trust his knowledge and expertise.
Mr Blackmore & Ms O'Sullivan Financial Services
Paula was absolutely amazing!
Mr & Mrs MacKay Lewes Road
Very happy with the service we got from you guys, everyone we dealt with was extremely friendly, professional and helpful. Thanks!
Mr Brown Titian Road
Already recommended you! Thank you.
Mr Edwards The Ridgway
It was an amazing experience, everyone involved were fantastic.
Mr & Mrs Knight Woodingdean
You were amazingly helpful throughout - a real pillar of strength with a very difficult sale.
Mrs Parkin Fiveways
Harvey was helpful and easily reachable at the beginning of the process and Sharon kept us informed and was always happy to help.
Ms Murch & Ms Mapa Ticehurst Road
First class service. Friendly and professional.
Mr Thorne The Avenue
Very good service and communication. Paula was excellent.
Mr & Mrs Scarboro 1 Pevensey Road
I would recommend Maslen to anyone.
Mrs Tripp Woodingdean
Paula's role was brilliant. Having someone office based and available was so appreciated and her promptness an impressive service - every Estate Agent...
Ms Wynn-Jones Baxter Street
Paula was fabulous and we felt really informed and supported.
Mr & Mrs Walker Lewes Road
Very impressed with the efficient and friendly service, the staff were a pleasure to deal with.
Mr & Mrs Gill Lewes Road
The staff were very helpful, an excellent service. I would recommend you to others.
Miss Hockly Fiveways
Many thanks to Nick. It was an easy process thanks to you! I'm extremely satisfied with how the sale went, great job.
Ms Mayanobe Aymer Road
Very impressed with the service. Sharon Wareham works tirelessly, very professionally and is always there for advice.
Miss Matthews Kipling Avenue
Very, very happy we chose you, felt right from the start! Thank you!
Miss Blackadder Coniston Court, Holland Road
Thank you Paul and Archie, you gave an excellent service, as well as Kelly. I look forward to working with you again.
Mr White Fiveways
Thank you for everything!
Ms Tucker Willow Close
Very pleased with the experience. I would definitely recommend you and use you again.
Ms D Edmonds Horton Road
Very thorough & very informative.
Mr Michnowicz Waldegrave Road
Excellent communication and advice throughout. It felt very reassuring to be in good hands.
Mrs Brooker Buller Road
Excellent service as always
Mr Field Ringmer Road
All the staff I dealt with were excellent. Sharon worked really hard to complete the sale.
Mrs Bent Falmer Gardens
Cannot express our appreciation enough of all the efforts made by the Woodingdean team - they were fantastic.
Mr John Mogridge Woodingdean
Best Estate Agents ever experienced - professional, approachable, competent and exemplary.
Mr & Mrs Guest Riley Road
Hugely impressed with Ben & his team.
Mrs Mead Upper Lewes Road
Thanks for an excellent service.
Mr King Hove
All agents at Maslen were extremely helpful and polite from the beginning to the completion of sale.
Mr Johnson Fiveways
Thank you. We found all the staff knowledgeable and really pleasant to deal with.
Ms Ansloos Lewes Road
From start to finish the sale was dealt with in a thoroughly professional manner.
Mr Gibbs Lewes Road
An efficient, professional and friendly service. Helpful and a pleasure to do business with.
Mr Beddington Brading Road
The Woodingdean team were very friendly and approachable.
Mrs Palmer Pitt Gardens
Extremely efficient. Nick and Paula are excellent. The weekly phone calls were much appreciated.
Ms Gray Lewes Road
Thanks David, all very professional.
Mrs Flowers Foxdown Road
A good team at Woodingdean helped us through a stressful time.
Mr & Mrs Penton Sycamore Close
I have bought and sold 7 properties, and this was the best experience of an estate agents services I have found.
Mrs Shepherd Hertford Road
A completely painless experience from start to finish. Thank you.
Mr Woolven & Mrs Bessant-Woolven Lewes Road
I was new to the area and viewed a lot of properties with a lot of different agents. Maslens were by far the best I came in contact with, so when i...
Mr & Mrs Heer Lewes Road
Ben was particularly enthusiastic and helpful. Martin, Paula, Sam and Will are all hard workers.
Ms Goodey Franklin Road
Our local office manager, Sharon Wareham was warm and friendly and kept us up to date at all times.
Mr Hope The Brow
Very pleased with the service. Many thanks to Sharon and the boys!
Mr Flynn Woodingdean
Paul was absolutely brilliant.
Mrs Tasker Fiveways
Very comprehensive and professional. Nice people to work with and highly recommended.
Mr Alderton Ladysmith Road
Maslens as a whole were really friendly and professional. I have to thank and congratulate Paula Carter for being superb at her job and exceeding m...
Ms Warren Hove
Very pleased with the excellent service throughout. Professional, friendly, efficient and no hard sell. Achieved above asking price. Thank you!
Mr Witten Lewes Road
Sharon, Harvey and James were all excellent - very professional. Totally opposite to what I have experienced with other agents. Maslen have restore...
Ms Lyons Woodingdean
I wish we had used you to sell our property! Nice to meet honest people, who are genuinely interested in helping. Very pleased.
Mrs Porter Taunton Road
Paula is amazing!
Ms Aspnall Gladstone Place
Sharon was amazing! She kept us up to date the whole way through the process. We cannot fault Sharon or the rest of her team.
Mr & Mrs Ashley Woodingdean
We were very impressed with the Nick from start to finish.
Mr & Mrs Smith Lewes Road
Compared to your rivals, your service was excellent
Ms McGrigor Milner Road
Outstanding service from Sharon. James is an asset to Maslens & Harvey was so helpful and polite.
Ms Cianchetta Selhurst Road
A very committed team who made the sale process very easy.
Ms Rees Ticehurst Road
First class service from a first class team.
Mr & Mrs English The Ridgway
Fantastic service. By far the best agents we have ever used, I cannot recommend you highly enough.
Mr Field Mafeking Road
We cannot recommend Maslen's estate agents enough.
Many thanks to Paul, Donna, Janette and the...
Linda & Les Wigmore Close
Brilliant. Well done to Sharon and the Woodingdean team.
Ms Curtis The Ridgway
A very positive experience - I had most contact with the Fiveways office and they were so friendly and helpful.
Ms A King Balfour Road
Great service, always polite and friendly. Excellent contact and info all the way.
Mr Wells Bishops Road
The whole team were very committed from start to finish.
Mr Pilgrim Lewes Road
Good team. Straightforward. No nonsense.
Mr Standing Newmarket Road
The team worked very hard over a long period to ensure my sale went through - excellent service!
Mr Patrick Gladstone Terrace
Ben and Paula were calm and reassuring throughout a very difficult process!
Ms Easterbrook Bear Road
We were delighted with the service received from all the staff with whom we had contact,
Dr Crichton The Ridgway
In February 2016 I was looking to buy and sell very rapidly. Competition among buyers at the time was very high. Sharon @ the Woodingdean branch sh...
Ms Helen Lyons Woodingdean
Best Agents in Brighton.
Mrs Field Tarner Road
As always, an excellent service.
Mr & Mrs Field Lewes Road
Very helpful and patient team.
Mrs Shea Selborne Place
Service exceeded my expectations overall at all stages of the process - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you. Thanks.
Ms Greene Lewes Road
Please thank Paula at Lewes Road - Excellent service.
Mr & Mrs Nuthall Lewes Road
Thank you Maslens, you were all excellent!
Miss Jasper Taunton Road
The whole team were excellent, each one of them felt like family. Sharon had a lot of sorting to do at times but coped very well, a true profession...
Mr Vernon Woodingdean
Superb service as usual, I would always recommend you.
Ms S Hike Blackthorn Close
Very impressive - professional and friendly, both Martin Timms and Paula Carter were excellent at keeping in contact with sensible advice based on...
Mrs O'Connor Hove
Excellent customer service throughout. I will definitely recommend you, and use you again. Thank you.
Ms Longley Kingsbury Street
It was a long, drawn out process that the people at Maslen helped me through, without the impression that it was a chore. So extremely professional...
Mr McLagan Lewes Road
The sale was dealt with swiftly, professionally and successfully. Thank you Maslen!
Mrs Lincoln Hove
Quality advice about when and how to sell, which was spot on. Thank you.
Miss Coleman Buller Road
Very professional service. Thank you!
Miss New & Mr Jackson Buller Road
Paul Wilkinson was extremely helpful and efficient. The only problem was the vendors solicitor and Paul warned me of this. A good transaction all r...
Mr Lavender Fiveways
All very professional, kept updated throughout. Very pleased - Would recommend.
Mrs Hammond Hove
We were very pleased with services provided by the Fiveways office.
Mr & Mrs Sawyer Shaftesbury Road
Sharon was excellent - kept us well informed, thank you so much!
Ms Waters Cowley Drive
Sold within 2 weeks for asking price "excellent!"
Mr Grundy Bishops Road
Very impressed with all dealings with Maslen. Paula Carter was in particular very knowledgeable and helpful.
Mr McBlane Hove
A really good experience.
Mr Tibble Lewes Road
Excellent Service from start to finish.
Mr T Mole Cromwell Road
Exceptional service throughout the process - should we decide to sell in the future we wouldn't hesitate to use your agency. You're a cut above the...
Ms Windels & Mr Barham Fiveways
Sharon and her team could not have done more in what was a difficult sale.
Ms Daly Woodingdean
Sharon was excellent, she kept us informed at all stages and was a really calming objective influence in the process.
Ms Frederick Channel View Road
I found the service to be courteous, friendly and efficient.
Mr Upton Buller Road
Nick and Paula are total stars! They were incredibly supportive and present throughout. Thank you!
Miss O'Haire Hove